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What is the Purpose of Using Technology in the Classroom?

What is the Purpose of Using Technology in the Classroom? | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
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Using technology in education is incredibly important today...but we must remember WHY we want our students using these tools and not accidentally make the tool itself the objective. 

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Pamela Hall's curator insight, August 22, 2013 10:20 AM

This theme carries over to the business world too. Business owners need to realize that understanding the technology available and how to use it's tools can have a major impact on their businesses. "What do you want your business to do with technology?" 

Linda Denty's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:50 AM

Absolutely true!

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The problem with ‘the problem with teachers’

The problem with ‘the problem with teachers’ | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
The one profession from which we demand perfection is held in very low esteem.
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I'm not saying all teachers are inherenly fantastic, but the way we talk about teachers (and the way we pay them) can dramtically impact the esteem they have within the community and get more of our best and brightest to aspire to join the educational profession. 

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10 Expectations

We hear often of the 'high expectations' schools must have of and for their students, yet we seldom hear of the expectations students have of their schools.  Students' expectations constitute the new 'rules of engagement' in the relationship that young people want with their schools."

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This video, produced by Leaving to Learn is a great reminder to educators to design with the end in mind.  What are the students getting out the experience? 

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Mrs. B's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:30 AM

Connecting it to the real world...a teacher's challenge.

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The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future

The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
A powerful talk by Tony Wagner attempts to uncover the 7 skills students must have in order to prepared for the future.

Via Mr. David Burton
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The quick summary of talk--Students need:


  1. Critical thinking and problem-solving
  2. Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
  3. Agility and adaptability
  4. Initiative and entrepreneurialism
  5. Effective oral and written communication
  6. Accessing and analyzing information
  7. Curiosity and imagination
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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's curator insight, July 15, 2013 6:12 AM

I had a dream...

Tony Trevan's curator insight, September 15, 2013 1:29 AM

Tony

clearly identifies critical skills required for students to transfer knowledge learnt into an employment opportunity.

Cheers TT.

Mrs. B's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:30 AM

How can you be better prepared for the future?

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The generation we love to dump on

The generation we love to dump on | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Award-winning political cartoonist Matt Bors drew this comic strip after rage-reading too many millennial-bashing articles.
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Maybe the Millenials aren't all THAT bad...

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Linda Denty's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:59 AM

Loved this bit of humour.

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LiveSlide - Capture Every Teachable Moment

LiveSlide - Capture Every Teachable Moment | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
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I'm not an iPAD user, but if I were, I'd be dying to try out LiveSlide. Join the wait list and get 3 months free (what's the cost after?  Please share in the comment section if you find out).

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27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher

27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

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You can’t swing an iPad in the hallway without hitting someone talking about becoming a 21st century teacher, 21st century student, or something involving the 21st century. While I personally am quite over that term, it fits and makes sense. I guess. (Personally, I think a better term is ‘modern’ teacher or ‘connected’ teacher rather than just stating that someone exists within this century. Kinda vague, no?)

So what does it take to become a 21st century teacher? Quite simply, it’s a little more than integrating the computer lab into the classroom. In fact, classrooms should look nothing like a computer lab that we’ve come to know and instead should resemble a set of grouped students collaborating, learning with each other, and having a ‘guide on the side’ teacher who helps steer the proverbial ship.

Think you got the chops to become a 21st century teacher, a modern teacher, or at least an educator who has a classroom of engaged students? Use this handy chart to find more than two dozen ways to become the teacher you’ve always known you could be. Most of the ways are briefly explained but that’s kinda the beauty of the whole chart. You can take the sentence or two and turn it into a new teaching process that others may not already use. For example, the term ‘collaborate’ (see below) could mean just about anything to a modern teacher. Collaborate via Skype? Collaborate to try out Project-Based Learning? Collaborate to grow your PLN? The sky is the limit! In fact, these days we talk about space so much that the sky is not the limit.

Have I gotten you excited enough to start taking your own great leap into the world of modern education? I hope so. Shoot for the moon, you might hit a star. If not, use this infographic-y visual as a guide to becoming a modern teacher. If you are already one, pass this along to your friends and colleagues to make sure they’re becoming one too.

What ways would you add to this visual? Want a print-friendly PDF? Click here. Also, check out the great blog by Mia MacMeekin who made this chart!"

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Lou Salza's curator insight, June 12, 2013 1:45 PM

If we haven't done these things already we are over a decade late!

Just sayin' -Lou

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Best MOOC practices...

Best MOOC practices... | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
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What works in the classroom, doesn't always perfectly translate to the online classroom environment.  Similarly, when you change the scale of the classroom, some of the techniques are also going to need to be adapted.  This is an interesting peice from the perspective of students who have taken more than 10 MOOCs and had some insight in to what works best. 

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Expect backlash when tweeting crimes

Expect backlash when tweeting crimes | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Road tax: abolished 1937. Use car tax.
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I was outraged when I read this tweet, and not surprisingly, so did many others.  This account is now closed and the police are thankfully beginning an investigation (and her employer is actively distancing themselves from her) .  Social media makes some people far too brazen with their misdeeds, but if those are not merely gaffes but criminal, you'll regret treating social media as if it were simply a conversation with your friends.  Oh, and what about the cyclist?  Glad you asked.  #TwitterJustice.      

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How to escape education's death valley

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them.
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  1. Individuality
  2. Curiosity
  3. Creativity
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Erika Skiba's curator insight, May 16, 2013 10:02 AM

add your insight...

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Half of Internet Traffic in North America Is Just to Watch Netflix and YouTube

Half of Internet Traffic in North America Is Just to Watch Netflix and YouTube | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
According to new data, everything that you do on every website besides Netflix and YouTube combined generates about the same amount of peak web traffic as those two sites alone. Netflix itself is bigger in every metric than HBO.
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I'm trying to decide if this is mind-blowingly amazing or exactly what I should expect: I think it's a mixture of both. 

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The key to success in school? Grit

"Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school.  She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success."

Seth Dixon's insight:

Yes, intelligence and talent matter in educational performance, but we can't undersell the importance of hard work and persistence in academic success.  With so many educational overhauls, many of these plans fail to address the underlying problem--we need more grit.  The speaker defines grit as 'passion and perserverance for very long-term goals.' This is a great talk and I love the framework it takes for approaching education. 

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Kathy Gordon's curator insight, May 19, 2013 11:23 PM

Definitely agree!  Certainly see this in math.  Don't have to be a math genius to succeed, you just have to stick with it!

Jan Plooij's curator insight, August 19, 2013 4:52 PM

Let us get grittier! Zie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grit_(personality_trait)

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The End of the Lecture?

.@Wikipedia founder @jimmy_wales says boring university lectures "are doomed". Do you agree? http://bbc.in/16pdeex

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The traditional lecture has been the foundation of my college courses for years.  I've integrated more online components into my classes the past few years and am masquerading as a digital professor, but I'm still reluctant to a ditch the lecture.  When I'm honest about it, the lecture is a security blanket for me; it's familiar, I know how to do it, and it is has no risk associated with it.  I feel that anything else is stepping out into the pedagogical unknown for me, but I think that the students deserve professors willing to cut ties with outdated learning models to give them the best learning opportunities available.  It's time to take the plunge.  

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How Teachers Can Stop Being Scared Of Twitter

How Teachers Can Stop Being Scared Of Twitter | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Twitter is more than a simple messaging platform. It's a conversation about your passions and it's easy to get completed addicted. That's a good thing.
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The last two conferences that I have attended have been greatly enriched by the backchannel (the conversation about the conference being held on Twitter).  The backchannel removes the top-down method of disseminating information and ideas as you tailor for stream to find information that interests you (I have no use for Taylor Swift gossip or oncology research at the moment, but if I did, I could find those conversations on Twitter quite easily).  Not surprisingly, my stream is focused on geography education, educational technologies and geospatial tools.  It isn't "one more thing" to complicate your life--it's a great tool to streamline the conversations that you always wish you could have with the people you might not otherwise be able to access.  And that makes it worth trying.  

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Steven Sutantro's curator insight, August 7, 2013 12:11 PM
Time to Use #DigitalMedia @digimedclub
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Where Are All The Male Teachers?

Where Are All The Male Teachers? | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
  • Men account for less than 25% of teachers in the US, 17% in Canada, and 25% in the UK.
  • Only 2% of pre-K and kindergarten teachers are men.
  • Only 18% of elementary and middle school teachers are men.
  • The most cited sources of why men don’t want to be teachers are: low salary, low status, and the easy potential for accusations of abuse.
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This intriguing infographic highlights some statistics on male teachers in a profession that is overwhelming female. 

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Linda Denty's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:58 AM

Anedotally, I would say the same applies to Australia generally, especially in Primary/Elementary schools but also in Secondary colleges.  Very sad state of affairs!

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The Rise of Artificial Intelligence

"Artificial intelligence is an ever evolving goal for researchers, and the object of endless fascination for writers, filmmakers, and the general public. But despite our best science fiction visions, creating digital intelligence is incredibly difficult. The universe is a very complicated place, and humans have had millions of years to evolve the ability to navigate and make sense of it.

 

Contemporary attempts to create AI have us looking more at how our own brains work to see how a computer could simulate the core activities that create our intelligence.

 

No matter how we get there, it is certain that artificial intelligence will have tremendous impact on our society and economy, and lead us down a path towards evolving our own definitions of humanity."

Featuring
Ernest Davis, Department of Computer Science, NYU
Yann LeCann, Center for Data Science, NYU
Robin Hanson, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford
Gary Marcus, Department of Psychology, NYU

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5 things teachers must do to prepare students for the future

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This video is the quick visual summary of the book TEACHING 2030. You can purchase the provocative new book at Teachers College Press, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, July 12, 2013 5:48 PM

Good information.

Mrs. B's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:33 AM

I am excited about where teaching is going. Are we keeping up?

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The History Teacher´s Perspective

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The History Teacher´s Perspective
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Dear NSA, let me take care of your slides.

Dear NSA, you can do whatever with my data. But not with my eyes. Those slides are hideous. So here's a quick revamp of your PRISM slides.
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This is a brilliant (and opportunistic) slideshow that uses the major events of the day to share their message.

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The Rise of EduTech in K-12 Classrooms

The Rise of EduTech in K-12 Classrooms | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

Technology use is ubiquitous in K-12 classrooms across the U.S.  The Pew Research Center (2013) surveyed teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) classes about their use of education technology, or “EduTech”, including cell phones, e-readers, tablets, and smartboards (commonly written as “SMART boards”).  They found that these new media not only influence teachers’ teaching methods, but students’ learning processes as well. Some teachers feel that a digital lifestyle has given today’s students a shorter attention span, and as a result, many educators have striven to make their style of teaching more engaging.

Technology affects  the lesson planning and professional development of teachers. Respondents to the Pew survey were described as tech-savvy overall, but they still had to put in extra work to master technological tools.

Refer to the infographic below to take a tour of the classrooms of Ms. Digital and Mr. Tech, and explore how EduTech is used in education, how successful it is, and how it affects students and educators.

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Natasha Georgiou's curator insight, June 11, 2013 11:00 PM

Not so focused on IWBs but very interesting so I had to include it.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, July 12, 2013 5:52 PM

This is a must see, must share document.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, July 12, 2013 5:53 PM
Thanks for this focus Seth.
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Poor Parents Grumble As Rich Chicago School Forces Kids To Buy iPads

Poor Parents Grumble As Rich Chicago School Forces Kids To Buy iPads | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"New Trier High School is embracing a future with more e-books and iPads -- and fewer old-fashioned text books. But not all parents in the district are thrilled with having to pony up extra money for the gadgets.

"We're in a wealthy district, but you can't assume that everyone's wealthy," said Mary Rita Kropp, a New Trier parent who addressed the school board on the topic at a meeting this week."

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I'm all for using technology with education, but this article highlights the digital divide and some issues in implemental technological updates given diverse socioeconomic situations.

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Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won't Hire You

Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won't Hire You | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, Kirk McDonald writes that college graduates without basic computer programming skills are shortchanging their career choices.


In part, it's not your fault. If you grew up and went to school in the United States, you were educated in a system that has eight times as many high-school football teams as high schools that teach advanced placement computer-science classes.  Read more...

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How NOT to do Social Media

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The two owners of Amy's Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro took over the restaurant's Facebook page last night to fight unruly commenters, and man, was it embarrassing.
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This is a train wreck in every sense of the phrase -- it is an unmitigated disaster but also mesmerizing.  Fighting online criticism with venom is never a good idea.   

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Laura Brown's comment, June 3, 2013 10:02 PM
I've seen worse melt downs online. The only really stupid thing was that they kept posting.
Jeff Domansky's comment, June 3, 2013 11:00 PM
Laura, it was quite something. Let me know if you ever post on meltdowns as they are always useful lessons and always entertaining.
Laura Brown's comment, June 4, 2013 11:36 AM
I don't think I have ever gone looking for one. If you go looking for forums with Christians you can usually find melt downs when they talk about Issues.
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fueledbycoffee

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A stream of ideas, cartoons, unrefined sketches, marginalia about curation at #sxswcurate

 



Via catspyjamasnz, Kim Flintoff
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Middle Class Problems According To Twitter

Middle class problems? More like upper-middle class problems? AMIRITE?
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Conversation on social media can be remarkably self-absorbed (and yes, I find this highly entertaining).


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